If you’re thinking of adding a tile backsplash, you don’t have to stick with just one material. Try combining different materials and textures to bring visual interest to your walls. The Coastal Keystones collection from Daltile features both Daltile porcelain body and Oceanside Glass Tile on pre-mounted sheets. While the porcelain offers a traditional sheen, the translucent glass offers depth and variation. If you’re interested in using tile elsewhere, this collection can be used in countertop and floor applications as well.
Mixing cabinet finishes isn’t a new design idea, but it’s consistently effective. With more new bold finish options like Merillat’s new red finish, Vintage Cardinal, you can create a colorful focal point in your kitchen. Red remains a popular choice for kitchens, its warm tones adding bold color in an otherwise neutral kitchen like the one seen above. These painted and antiqued finishes, like the Vintage Onyx that surrounds the range, mix with wood for a varied look.
Another interesting design choice comes from mixing unlike shapes into your kitchen’s design. This island at the New American Home features opposing materials and geometric shapes that combine to create aesthetically and functionally effective design. An upper island made of Corian solid surface offers a striking contrast to the lower solid wood breakfast table. Most pronounced is the geometric opposition of the rectangular upper island and the circular table create a strong design juxtoposition.
Architect Alberto Torsello is the design brain behind Abimis kitchens, a design that will bring a chef’s kitchen to your own home. The kitchens are handmade in Italy and constructed entirely of stainless steel that’s impact resistant, meaning if you ram a stool into a lower cabinet, it won’t ding. The surface is orbitally polished to help make scratches and marks difficult for the eye to see, while also warming up the typical bright look of the shiny material.
Torsello, with the help of Prisma, honed in on the five phases that every chef works through – conserving, preparing, cooking, presenting, and washing – and properly organized the kitchen to make each step efficient, just like in a professional set-up. Beyond the superior function of the Abimis kitchen is the clean and sleek look of each component.
In Abimis kitchens, ergonomics are key so every element is scrutinized and worked out to make it easy to use. The countertops come with a non-drip edge to prevent spillage onto the floor.
Storage compartments are fully sealed and come with deep pull-out shelves for extra storage space. The pans and trays come in standard sizes so they can be moved from the storage units to the fridge, sink, or oven.